At peak times and in crowded places, the police will tighten up on the controls in the period 6 December-15 January, when the decree that introduced the super green pass will be in force; on buses and metro there will be a verification action planned and shared with the transport companies; for bars, restaurants and clubs, the collaboration of the managers is essential, who must be rigorous at the entrance if they do not want to risk closure. The Christmas control plan takes shape.
On November 30, the first confrontation between the Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese and the prefects of the regional capital cities. And the mayors will also have a say in the matter, who have asked the Government to make an outdoor mask compulsory throughout Italy until January 15, a measure already taken by some municipalities including Bergamo in the streets of the center and in the area of crowding.
The provincial committees for public order and safety will now meet this week to adopt the plans that will be active from 6 December. And before the weekend there will be a new confrontation between the minister and the prefects for the final development of the plans.
The contagion curve is rising, the Omicron variant increases the alarm. Italy, highlighted Lamorgese, is in a “still very delicate phase for public health”. There can be no room for a relaxation of prescriptions. And therefore, the owner of the Interior Ministry assured, “the police forces and local police will continue to give their best and act responsibly but also with the necessary firmness, carrying out tighter checks on green certification with particular attention to areas and at the times of greatest influx of people “. The reference to the local police is not in fashion: the shortcomings in the personnel of the police forces are well known to the minister who therefore counts on the collaboration of the mayors and their staff in uniform for the checks that will be random.
The recommendation to the prefects is to “involve all the interested parties”, intensifying the “dialogue with the representatives of the trade associations of the exhibitors also in order to develop a capillary work of sensitization of its members”. In fact, it is not possible to think about raids by agents in bars and restaurants for pass checks. Fipe agrees, which has invited the managers of the premises to “carry out rigorous checks on the certificates of those who want to consume at the table in bars and restaurants”. The bogeyman, otherwise, is that of the lockdowns adopted by Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Friuli Venezia Giulia, the first region to end up in the yellow zone, anticipated the measures of the decree and the prefect of Trieste, Annunziato Vardè, clarified that nothing changes for consumption at the counter in public places: you can without showing any document.
A particularly sensitive issue addressed in the meeting is that of local public transport. Overcrowded buses and subways in big cities during the holiday season do not lend themselves to effective controls. For this we need an agreement on “shared modalities” with the municipal companies to develop verification services on vehicles. The police officers will not get on the vehicles to ask for the pass, but will position themselves at bus stops, at the entrance to the metro stations, at the railway stations, to support the controllers. It still needs to be clarified, also from a regulatory point of view, whether the controllers of the municipalities can ascertain the possession of the green certification, as well as the ticket. For this reason, there will also be a confrontation with the Minister of Transport, Enrico Giovannini. “We will ask the prefect to activate as many forces as possible to help in the checks,” said the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala. Mayors, public transport companies and trade associations will participate in the provincial committees this week to report critical issues and share control plans.
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